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    How IPEM is working for you

    The new Masters Level Accreditation Framework (MLAF), developed by a working party led by Jamie Harle, was launched at the end of April. Full details can be found in the President's Update.

    The President is in discussion with the Academy of Healthcare Sciences about nominations to their Board of Directors, aiming to ensure that IPEM can represent the professions in this important organisation.

    Work is continuing on the Service Accreditation Standards Project (iCEPSS, formerly PSQIP). At the beginning of May, the chairs of the groups developing standards in selected pilot disciplines met with IPEM President Stephen Keevil, Past President Peter Jarritt (who is leading the project on behalf of the Academy for Healthcare Science) and other key individuals to discuss progress and agree the next steps. We hope to have a draft for wider consultation in the summer.

    The Professional and Standards Committee is preparing a response to the consultation on proposed changes to the 'Profession-specific standards of proficiency for clinical scientists' from the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC), to ensure scientists’ views are taken into account. You can also respond to this consultation individually by 20th June.

    Engineering members have supplied case studies to a new report on Engineering in Healthcare from the Engineering the Future alliance – this report aims to influence political parties in the run-up to the next Election.

    Professor Peter Wells, one of the pioneers of medical ultrasound, will be giving a public lecture at the IPEM offices in York, as part of the York Festival of Ideas.

    IPEM Enterprises Ltd’s (IEL) Articles of Association are being updated, and its Board of Directors is expanding, to help IEL focus on increasing its financial contribution to IPEM’s work

    The Communications Committee is planning the next in the series of ‘The Science and the Scientists’ leaflets and posters, following excellent feedback on ‘Treating cancer with radiation.’ Copies are available free of charge on request.

    IPEM welcomes Bentham Instruments Ltd, as a new company member.

    E-handbooks for new members have been posted on the website, providing a quick and easy reference to enable new people to connect quickly into the IPEM community.

    Don't forget to help us to tailor your IPEM communications to suit your needs by giving us more information about yourself and your interests on the "My preferences" page. Many members have already done so and we now have over 300 records showing member preferences. 


    IPEM awards three Honorary Fellowships

    Honorary Fellowship is the highest award in the Institute's gift and is awarded for outstanding contributions in the field of physics or engineering applied to medicine or related biological science. IPEM is pleased to announce the award of Honorary Fellowships to the following:

    • Dr Penelope Allisy-Roberts, in recognition of “outstanding contributions to ionising radiation metrology and to the medical physics profession.” 
    • Professor Lionel Tarassenko, in recognition of “outstanding contributions to biomedical engineering and to the broader engineering community.”

    • Professor Steve Webb, in recognition of “outstanding contributions to radiotherapy physics, to teaching and to scientific publishing”.

    New Honorary Fellows who are able to attend will be presented with a certificate and a medal by the IPEM President at MPEC2014 in September in Glasgow. IPEM President, Professor Stephen Keevil said, “This is the highest honour that IPEM can bestow. We award Honorary Fellowships very sparingly, in recognition of those who have made a truly positive and lasting impact.” 


    Get your voice heard in our regional consultation

    The IPEM Regional Consultation Meeting will be held on Wednesday 9th July 2014 in London. The draft agenda and papers can be downloaded from the members’ area of the website by following this link http://www.ipem.ac.uk/Members.aspx   

    Please make your comments known to your Regional Chair on the issues in the agenda and any other topics you may wish to see raised by 20th June. Contact details for the Regional Chairs are shown at the end of the document.

     


    Apply for IPEM Fellowship

    Did you know that Fellowship of the Institute is not by invitation only? We encourage all members with sufficient professional achievement  and experience (typically 10 years or more, but there is no hard and fast rule) to apply for Fellowship. We would particularly welcome more applications from women, who are under-represented at this level of membership at the moment, and from technologists.

    Fellowship is a distinction grade of membership, recognising that an individual has achieved ‘a very high standard of scientific achievement, demonstrated by an outstanding contribution to research and development, or advancement of professional practice’. Fellowship brings you professional recognition and the right to use the postnominal letters FIPEM. We are planning to introduce a Fellows’ badge and access to a Fellows' room in London.

    If you wish to apply for Fellowship, please contact office@ipem.ac.uk

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